Originally Posted by John Kennett
Surely that just means that Highfield gave the RYA a boat or two? It's not a particularly demanding role and anything other than a complete piece of junk should be up to the job.
Indeed our kids train on pieces of junk ;-)
I agree the course isn't something anything more than a tender should struggle with, although I have seen regional rounds happen in some decent breazes. As this is the first year it'll be interesting to see what the competitors who have used the rib craft in previous year make of it.
While one lap is not demanding the boat needs to be able to stand up to lots of spotty kids climbing all over it and possibly the odd slightly heavy approach to a jetty...
I'm actually pretty impressed with what I've seen of the Highfield boats so far, but I don't think that you're doing them any favours with this sort of promotional puff!
The real advantage for Highfield is they get their boat taken round a load of clubs with loads of people from other clubs present so they get their brand out there. They also let people see it in action and perform well with an under size engine...
Undersize engine means less fuel. Fuel is a significant expense for clubs....